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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the Flemish province of Limburg. On January 1st, 2006 Hasselt had a total population of 70,035. Hasselt is located at the Demer river and is also connected to the Albert Canal. Hasselt is located in between the Campine and Hesbaye regions in the middle of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine.
Hasselt was founded in the 7th century on the Helbeek, a tributary of the Demer river. The name Hasselt came from Hasaluth, which means hazel wood. It was one of the bigger cities of the county of Loon, whose borders were approximately the same as the current province of Limburg. Hasselt was first given a name in 1165 and shortly thereafter received the much sought after city charter.
The town centre of Hasselt is not large but very sociable. The centre is almost car-free and contains different historical buildings. The oldest building of the city is the Refugehuis of the abbey of Herckenrode. On the large market there are many pubs, restaurants and taverns as well as in the rest of the city.
Their Museums such as Hendrik van VeldekeNational jenever museum and Urban Fashion museum. As well as Famous inhabitants  are Adrien de Gerlache, officer of the Belgian Navy and leader of two Belgian Antarctic Expeditions, Steve Stevaert, politician, and Luc Nilis, football striker, etc.
Hasselt itself is enclosed by 2 ring roads. The outer ring road serves to keep traffic out of the city centre. The inner ring road, the so-called Green Boulevard, serves to keep traffic out of the commercial centre, which is an almost entirely pedestrian area. The city lies relatively near the airport of Brussels, Liege and the Maastricht-Aachen Airport.

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